Grades

Membership is open to anyone working, studying or just interested in public relations. There are a number of membership grades reflecting different levels of PR experience and qualifications. Find out what benefits you get with the different levels of membership.

Levels

Affiliate:

  • Not currently working in PR but interested in the public relations profession.

Associate ACIPR:

  • Working in or teaching PR (or temporarily unemployed) with up to two years' PR experience or
  • graduated from the CIPR Advanced Certificate or a CIPR-recognised course or
  • previously a Student member of the CIPR.

Member MCIPR:

  • Working in or teaching PR (or temporarily unemployed) with more than two years' PR experience or
  • graduated from the CIPR Diploma or
  • graduated from the CIPR Advanced Certificate or a CIPR-recognised course with at least one year of PR experience

Fellow FCIPR:

  • By nomination only and awarded by the Institute in recognition of a significant contribution to the Institute or the profession.

Student:

Global Affiliate:

  • Open to non-UK residents only, this is a non-professional online-only membership.

What counts as public relations / communications experience?

Check our list of communications disciplines that count towards Associate and Member grade.

If you are currently working in PR and have more than two years' experience in one of the related disciplines such as journalism or marketing, you can join as an Associate (ACIPR) and fast-track to Member (MCIPR) as soon as you have completed the CIPR Foundation Award, which will help you to make the transition into your new career.